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Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois

Books from the Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Since the 1940’s the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library has been building a collection of emblem books written from 1540-1800, published in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and England. Emblem books can be considered the multi-media publications of the 16th through the 18th centuries. Each emblem is composed of three constitutive elements - a motto, an illustration or "pictura" in the form of a woodcut or engraving, and an explanatory poem or "subscriptio." An emblem is more than the sum of its parts, because the interplay between text and image produces a greater meaning than any of the individual components can provide. Since 1998 the Rare Book & Manuscript Library has been enhancing access to the German emblem books through digitization. The digitization efforts are now being coordinated with the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel. These two institutions are cooperating on the Project "Emblematica On-Line," funded by an NEH/DFG digital humanities grant to present emblem books in an innovative digital environment and to develop a portal for a key genre of Renaissance texts and images. The OpenEmblem Portal hosted at Illinois offers the ability to search and browse emblems from a variety of perspectives. Visit the German Emblem Book Project website.


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Landwehr, J. German emblem books
Topics: Emblems, Emblem books, German
Signatures: a chi1 b-e A-Z 2A-2D 2E
Topics: Mythology, Classical, Art, Greco-Roman, Emblems, Emblem books, German
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Topic: Fables
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Kirchgessner, Johannis Valentinus; Salver, Johann, 1673-1738, engraver; Müller, El., engraver; Högler, Wolfgang, 1674-1754, ill; Giorgioli, Giovanni Pietro, ill; Greiffenklau, Johann Philipp von, d. 1719, dedicatee
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Date in imprint changed in ms. to 1713
Topics: Emblems, Griffins in art
Brunet, V, 1067. Radics, P. von. Johann Weikhard, Freiherr von Valvasor. Laibach, 1910. p. 174-184. Dance of death. The dance of death...with a dissertation...by Francis Douce. London, 1833. p. 129-130
Topics: Death, Hell, Engravings, German
Titlepage in red and black
Signatures: a-e (-e8), A-3P
Topics: Bible, Prayer books, Lutheran Church, Emblems, Emblem books, German
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Half title: Devises et emblemes curieux anciennes & modernes, tirées des plus celebres auteurs : nouvellement inventées en latin, en françois, en italien, en allemand
Topic: Emblem books
Emblems, Dance of death
Topic: Dance of death
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Aresi, Paolo, 1574-1644; Merlach, Johann Hieronymus; Fuchs von Herrnau, Johann Michael, tr; Buggel, Johann Leonhard, 1650-1721, bookseller; Lichtenthaler, Abraham, printer
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In introduction by Johann Hieronymus im Hof von Merlach the last part of the translator's name appears as Hernau, whereas on the t.p. it is Bernau
Topics: Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint, Emblems, Emblem books, Italian, Emblem books
Added t.-p. engr
Topic: Emblems
Bibliographischer Nachweis: Dünnhaupt, S. 2573, 8.II.2
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Ornamented initials, head and tail pieces
Topics: Devotional literature, Christian Life, Emblems, Emblem books, German
H.C.D. = Hermannus Condeesyanus [i.e., Johann Grasshoff]
Topics: Emblems, Emblem books, German, Medicine
Vol. [1]: [30], 288, 239-274 [i.e. 324] p., [34] leaves of plates
Topics: Emblems, Emblems --Early works to 1800., Emblem books --Germany --18th century., Spiritual life...
Added t.-p in Latin: Mira Satis, ac sine omni Peccato Mariae sanctissima conceptio ..
Topics: Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint, Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint --Poetry., Emblems --Early works to 1800.,...
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Ludwig, Prince of Anhalt-Köthen, 1579-1650; Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft; Merian, Matthaeus, 1593-1650; Gray, E. Kenneth, associated name. IU-R
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Emblems of the members with their mottoes and assumed names, followed by the "Reimgesetze" (interpretation of the emblems in verse); in 4 parts, each with separate title page and preceded by the engraved emblem of the Society (the palm tree)
Topics: Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft, Emblems
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Weidner, Johann Joachim, 1672-1732; Pfeffel, Johann Andreas, 1674-1748; Stridbeck, Johann, 1665-1714; Duke University. Library. Jantz Collection
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Each of the fine decorative plates, designed & engraved by I. Stridbeck of Augsburg, has a verse epigram indicating the symbolic connotation
Topics: Augsburg Confession, genealogy
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Krauss, Johann Ulrich, 1645-1719; Félibien, André, sieur des Avaux et de Javercy, 1619-1695; Le Brun, Charles, 1619-1690; Le Clerc, Sébastien, 1637-1714; Bailly, Jacques, 1629-1679; Research Publications, inc; Yale University. Library
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Added engraved t.p.: Devises pour les tapisseries
Topics: Louis XIV, King of France, 1638-1715, Gobelin tapestry, Emblems
"Stammen-Buchs Gedancken-Muster" has separate half-title and pagination
Topics: Conduct of life, Emblems, Emblem books, German, Emblem books, French, Emblem books, Italian, Emblem...
Date of publication transposed; appears in imprint on title page in between " ... Hof-Buchdruckern" and "Lintz ... "
Topics: Death in art, Engraving, Baroque, Emblem books
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Topic: Emblem books, German
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Krauss, Johann Ulrich, 1645-1719; Le Brun, Charles, 1619-1690; Le Clerc, Sébastien, 1637-1714; Bailly, Jacques, 1629-1679; Félibien, André, sieur des Avaux et de Javercy, 1619-1695; Kraus, Johanna Sibylla, 1646-1717, engraver; Koppmayer, Jakob, b. 1640, publisher; Liechtenstein, House of, former owner. IU-R
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Text in French and German
Topics: Louis XIV, King of France, 1638-1715, Gobelin tapestry, Tapestries, Emblems, Emblem books, French...
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by Guyon, Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte, 1648-1717; Hugo, Herman, 1588-1629. Pia desideria; Veen, Otto van, 1556-1629. Amorum emblemata, figuris Aeneis incisa; Bader, Emerich Felix, printer
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Title in red and black
Topics: Christian life, Mysticism, Emblem Books, German, Emblems
Engraved throughout
Topics: Proverbs, Italian, Proverbs, German, Emblems, Emblems, German, Emblems, Italian
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Topic: Lamberg, House of
McGeary & Nash. Emblem books at the University of Illinois
Foreword signed: N. von Wehrd
Topic: Christian life
Vol. 2 has special title page
Topics: Ethics, Emblems, Emblem books, German, Emblem books, Latin
McGeary & Nash. Emblem books at the University of Illinois
Topics: Emblems, Emblems books, German -- 18th century
McGeary & Nash. Emblem books at the University of Illinois
Topics: Jesus Christ, genealogy
Added title-pages in Italian and French precede main t.p
Topics: Emblems, Love in art
Has additional half title: Aigentlicher Abritz der neuen im Spital aufgehengten Tafeln
Topics: Heilig-Geist-Spital (Nuremberg, Germany), Emblems, Emblem books, German
Signatures: )( A-R S
Topics: Christian life, Devotional literature, German, Emblems
Issued in 1 volume
Topics: Emblems, Emblems, German, Oratorios
Foreword signed: N. von Wehrd
Topic: Christian life
Title page printed in red and black
Topics: Emblems --Early works to 1800., Emblem Books --Germany --18th century., Emblem Books, German...
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Herrichen, Johann Dietrich; Fridrich, Jacob Andreas, 1684-1751, ill
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Title derived by cataloger from bookseller's description
Topics: Emblems, Emblem books, German
Added t.-p. engr
Topic: Emblems
First word of title in Greek characters
Topics: Emblem books, German, Emblems
Emblem Collection of the University of Illinois
by Bourgogne, Antoine de, 1593 or 4-1657; Clemens, Aurelius Augustinus; Krauss, Johann Ulrich, 1645-1719
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Added t.p., etched
Topics: Emblems, Pride and vanity, Truth, genealogy
Depicts shooting festival held to celebrate the birth of Prince Leopold, son and short-lived heir of Emperor Charles VI
Topics: Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor, 1685-1740, Leopold, Archduke of Austria, 1716-1716, Emblems, Emblem...
Engravings by Jacques Callot
Signatures: A² B-C D²
Topic: Emblems
Signatures: )( A-E F²
Topics: Johann Georg III, Elector of Saxony, 1647-1691, Emblems